Author Archives: Andrew Brandt

  1. Single Serving: Field Report – “Marigolden”

    The best songs are the ones that unravel themselves with each repeated listen. “Marigolden,” the latest single from Field Report’s upcoming, fantastic sophomore effort, is one of those songs. Frontman Chris Porterfield told the A.V. Club the track’s title refers “to a state of sharing characteristics of a marigold, which is a brutish flower found Continue…

    Field Reports' "Marigolden" is one of those rare songs that unravels itself with each repeated listen.

  2. Single Serving: Young Jesus – “G”

    Before there was Yeezus, there was—both in theory and in actuality—Young Jesus, a band that’s been bumming around the Chicago area since 2009. The five-piece quietly released their overflowing debut, Home, in 2012 and has (until now) been spending their time crafting a follow-up record, the recently-announced Growl/Decompose. “G,” an enormous, catchy tale about a Continue…

  3. Single Serving: Spookyland – Rock and Roll Weakling

    Spooklyand hails from the land Down Under, and his music shows it. “Rock and Roll Weakling,” the 22 year-old Sydney native’s latest, is a song saturated in loss, best enjoyed with a tall glass of something dark in front of you. But it isn’t just Spookyland’s words that are potent. The way he delivers the Continue…

  4. Single Serving: SW/MM/NG – “All I Want”

    Fold up your beach towels, put your trunks in a box and return your neighbor’s missing grill: summer is over. But don’t fret! Fayetteville, AR scenesters SW/MM/NG are just as bummed as you are, and they’ve penned a necessary gut-punch to get us back into our fall routines. “All I Want,” a standout track from Continue…

  5. Single Serving: The Twilight Sad – There’s a Girl in the Corner

    There are few acts that exist in a perpetual state of sadness quite like The Twilight Sad; for a simple comparison, they make their also-sad-and-also-Scottish peers Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks sound like Bobby McFerrin hopped up on Pharrell’s latest single. But like Eeyore and Charlie Brown, The Twilight Sad’s reliable melancholy is Continue…

  6. Single Serving: Caribou – Our Love

    In no way has this summer been the summer of Caribou, but it has been a summer bookended by Caribou. Back in June, the Canadian producer dropped the first single from his forthcoming Our Love, and now, as August comes to a close, he’s released the album’s equally restrained title track. “Our Love” is a Continue…

  7. Single Serving: Eliot Sumner – “Information”

    Eliot Sumner, AKA I Blame Coco, AKA Sting’s daughter, is officially climbing the branches of her family’s tree. “Information,” the sprawling seven-minute title track off of her recently released EP, is a callback to classic-era the Killers and a time when U2’s latest single wouldn’t compel you to roll your eyes. With its big synth Continue…

  8. Single Serving: Mr Twin Sister – Blush

    If you thought the band formerly known as Twin Sister couldn’t get any dreamier—or, strangely, more formal—have we got news for you. Last week, the newly named Mr Twin Sister unleashed the floaty “Blush,” a sure-to-be-stand-out from their forthcoming self-titled record. The song finds the band perched atop a higher cloud than they’ve ever been, Continue…

  9. Single Serving: Courtney Barnett – “Pickles from the Jar”

    Courtney Barnett is funny. She doesn’t bust your britches—or tell actual jokes, for that matter. But the way in which she can create humor out of mundane, everyday situations makes her undeniably funny. Her latest, “Pickles from the Jar,” is a simple rock song wherein the singer-songwriter lists off all the ways her and her Continue…

  10. Single Serving: Júníus Meyvant – “Color Decay”

    Unlike its title suggests, “Color Decay”—the debut single from Iceland’s Júníus Meyvant—is timeless. The track not only hits on the wonder of Van Morrison and Belle and Sebastian with its playful percussion and upbeat acoustic rhythms, but it also calls out to current characters like Edward Sharpe and The Lumineers with its heart-tugging, broad sweeping Continue…

  11. An Interview With Zella Day

    Zella Day is an up-and-coming pop artist based out of L.A. who’s being dubbed (somewhat misleadingly) as the “happier version of Lana Del Rey.” While that’s an impressive comparison for a 19 year old, Zella’s songs of summers and ex-lovers are good enough to stand on their on; and with an album and future tours Continue…

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